What does it take to jump in a small boat and row across the Atlantic Ocean? For our guest today, it was a lifetime of preparation, but it was something he attacked without much hesitation.

A bit of an adventure seeker, Hugo Thompson has spent most of his recent life traveling the world, looking for his next big challenge. Ironically, he wasn't an adventurous kid. Its was a void he felt in his life during young adulthood that made him jumpstart a life of exploration. 

In our conversation, Hugo and I talk about his diagnosis with type 1 diabetes just 6 months before he agreed to take on the Talisker Atlantic Challenge; which is a 3,000 mile trek across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The journey, which took Hugo and his three boat mates, 2.5 years to prepare for and just over 55 days to complete, tested their resolve as they encountered storms and rough waters which eliminated a number of their fellow competitors.  

This is a conversation of determination, exploring the limits if our mental and physical capabilities, and a call to all of us to live life to it’s fullest every day despite the rough waters we may encounter along our journey.


Social Media Links

Hugo Thompson - Instagram

Team Oarstruck - Facebook


Websites Mentioned in Podcast

Team Oarstruck - website

Talisker Atlantic Challenge - website


Related Episodes

Episode 014 - Erik Douds

Episode 022 - Roddy Riddle

Episode 024 - Sebastien Sasseville


Music Credits for BRAVEST Episode 034

Intro music - Joakim Karud, 'Canals' & The Passion HiFi, 'Sweet Revenge'

Outtro music - Joakim Karud, 'Summer Vibes'


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GREATER THAN is a lifestyle brand launched by Steven and Jenn Kramer dedicated to empowering all individuals. They believe, and they want you to believe, that whatever your challenge, you're greater than that challenge.

Because of the personal impact resulting from the recent diagnosis of their son with type 1 diabetes, their first campaign focuses on the T1D community, and is branded ‘GREATER THAN 1’. 

With every purchase of GREATER THAN products, a portion of each sale will be donated directly to type 1 diabetes research and support. 

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